English

In West Lodge we recognise the importance of English within the curriculum.

“A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them.” National Curriculum in England 2013

Using the National Curriculum as a base, our teachers develop and inspire a love of reading and creative writing. English lessons focus on the following skills: reading, reading with understanding through comprehension tasks, grammar and punctuation, spelling, handwriting, poetry, non-fiction and creative writing.

Our teachers attempt to employ a cross-curricular approach where possible. This enables them to use a variety of literary texts to support and develop learning not only in English lessons but science, history and art to PSHE lessons.

In further attempts to inspire and challenge children in English at West Lodge we regularly celebrate the work of significant authors from Shakespeare to Roald Dahl. We encourage the creativity of our own students through creative writing, poetry performance and public speaking competitions. We have been fortunate to host writing workshops from published authors and visiting theatre groups.

All students have the opportunity to use our well stocked library and we believe this has instilled in our students a love of reading and inspiration for their own writing.

Mrs Coleman - Head of English